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US vs. Honduras World Cup Qualifiers: Everything you need to know
July 25 2017, 08:42 | Van Peters
Christian Pulisic was utterly brilliant for the U.S. National Team in their demolition of Honduras.
Whatever Honduras manager Jorge Luis Pinto said at the half, it probably wasn't 'let the 18 year-old wonderkid score, ' but score he did.
If the first half was good for United States of America, the second only got better with three goals in the first 10 minutes. Seven months after he was sidelined by an irregular heartbeat, he not only returned to the usa national team at age 34 but helped the Americans to a critical victory in World Cup qualifying with just the second hat trick of his global career. He will be an integral part heading towards the rest of the qualification process, tonight, though, was a good start. "The day that I'm forgotten is the day we will succeed", Wambach concludes.
"Clint's an easy guy to play with", Pulisic said. "He's come in and found the right way to work and talk and show some things and make sure that we understand who we are and what we're about and ultimately we're stepping on the field giving ourselves the best chance to win".
After several players looked like they quit in the 4-0 November loss at Costa Rica that sealed Jurgen Klinsmann's fate as the coach, the Americans were locked in from the start on Friday. He'll get a crack at it Tuesday at Panama, another important match in the Americans' climb back into qualifying contention after losing their first two final-round games last fall. For years now, when the Americans have needed a win, a goal, or a spark, Dempsey was often the man to provide it.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard noticed a subtle change in Dempsey during training camp last week, and not just a lengthy stretching routine.
Donovan, who was on hand to deliver TV commentary Friday night, said he believes the hiring of his former coach Bruce Arena for a second men's team stint will propel the Americans. I think his last couple of months with his club team in Germany have been good. Everybody thought that he is going to need some time to adjust playing at a high level, but he surprised all the doubters and immediately became the leader on the pitch.
It is hard to know how adventurous Arena will be with his lineup selections for the match against Honduras.
Nobody came right out and said it, but the message was clear. "But he has a long way to go before he gets to stand next to Landon, because Landon, we saw a player have a tremendous career at both the club and worldwide levels". When you write about players, you can't help but jot "the 34-year-old Dempsey" and "the 18-year-old Pulisic". "It was remarkable, and I say, 'He's got to play'".
Six goals and a fourth place position in the table. Deployed as a playmaker against Mexico, Pulisic was active and involved. The results of the fights played in most cases remained in favor of the United States. Going into the game, I felt more nervousness than excitement, but five minutes into the game I felt like the USA were the best team in the world. Seven months later the former US captain still won't talk about the severity of the ailment, or the treatment he received that has allowed him to play again. Most U.S. fans surely share their sentiments. He played late Sunday, comes in late Sunday night, a little training Monday, feels good.
A revitalised United States face Panama on Tuesday brimming with confidence after a record World Cup qualifying victory inspired by teenage star Christian Pulisic and veteran forward Clint Dempsey. "Just blessed that I can keep going". "Grateful for every game you get to play in, cause you never know when it's going to be taken from you".